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United States/Covers & Postmarks : 1-1/2 cent postcard rate?

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30 Jun 2020
08:55:24pm
Is this a rare use of a Martha Prexie 1-1/2 cent stamp on postcard?

Was the U.S. postcard rate ever that? All the places I've looked have no such thing, but I remember reading in Linn's or American Philatelist that there was a brief period at 1-1/2. The article pictured a tourist's postcard sent in the middle of her trip "when the rate raised a half-penny."

Judging by the city name on the postmark, it was mailed no sooner than June 1, 1931.

Or is this just an overpayment for lack of a penny stamp?

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30 Jun 2020
09:47:38pm
re: 1-1/2 cent postcard rate?

The date is 1940-something (my guess is 1945 -- it is right under the word "CARD"). The stamp was issued in 1938 but saw use until replaced in 1956.

The rate was 1c from July 1, 1919 (when they dropped the 1c war surcharge) to January 1, 1952.

Looks like a "convenience franking" to me.

Roy

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01 Jul 2020
08:54:09am
re: 1-1/2 cent postcard rate?

there was an increase of the post card rate, back to 2c, from 4.15.25 to 7.1.28; it essentially killed PCs, because there was no difference between PC and letter rates.

But you are correct; there is no 1.5c PC rate; 1.5c was a 3rd class rate for a number of years.

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01 Jul 2020
11:33:00am
re: 1-1/2 cent postcard rate?

Thanks, Roy and Juicy!

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